13 Day China with Tibet

3 Shanghai, 2 Xian, 3 Tibet & 3 Beijing
Flights LAX-Shanghai, Beijing-LAX, 11 nights first class accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights LAX-Shanghai, Beijing-LAX
  • Other departure cities available
  • Airline fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights [Yafan Longmen Hotel], Shanghai
  • 2 nights [Grand New World Hotel], Xian
  • 3 nights [Lhasa Xin Ding Grand Hotel], Tibet
  • 3 nights [Huabin International Hotel], Beijing
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 1-10)
  • Services of local guide in Beijing
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Special Features
  • Terracotta Army
  • Potala Palace & Jokang Temple
  • Jokang Temple
  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Famous Peking Duck Dinner with Wine
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Monday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to China. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey
DAY 2: Tuesday - Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
DAY 3: Wednesday - Optional Tour. Shanghai
This morning, following a welcome orientation with your tour manager, enjoy a tour of the major attractions of Shanghai. Wander the classical Yuyuan Garden, built during the Ming Dynasty by the high-ranking government official Pan Yunduan. The Gardens total area occupies approximately five acres, and features pavilions, ponds, rockeries, cloisters, and streams all within six scenic zones, including the Sansui Hall and Wanhua Chamber. In existence for 400 years, the Gardens were specifically constructed for Pans aging parents as a sanctuary in which to live out their lives. Next, experience the old world charm of the Bund, the former "Wall Street" of the foreign powers. Walk along its park-like waterfront promenade between the Wusong River and Old Town. Later today, enjoy a stop at a local silk carpet factory.

Evening free at your leisure or choose our OPTIONAL tour (Acrobatic Show with dinner) Having undergone thousands of years of evolution, the Shanghai acrobatic arts has now blossomed into a unique style. The Shanghai Circus death-deifiers will amaze and astound you with their high-flying versatility, fearlessness, and flexibility. This evening, enjoy a world-class performance that includes dance, magic, acrobatics and beautiful music after dinner at local restaurant. Transfers to and from your hotel included. ( B, L )

DAY 4: Thursday - Optional Tour, Shanghai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Shanghai on your own or choose our OPTIONAL tour (Full Day Suzhou with lunch) This morning, depart your hotel for a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai to Suzhou. Located in Jiangsu Province, this ancient city enjoys the name of "Paradise on the earth" or Venice of the East. Your day begins on the famous Grand Canal, the longest man made Canal in the world. Travel leisurely down the narrow waterways and under the elegant bridges. From your boat you will see the sites of this ancient city and the daily life of the people who inhabit the banks of the canal. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, visit the local Silk Factory, which Suzhou is famous for. After lunch, visit the Garden of the Master of the Nets. This privately owned garden is one of the most beautiful and most perfectly proportioned in Suzhou.The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. Return to Shanghai later this evening. ( B )
DAY 5: Friday - Flight to Xian, Optional Tour, Xian
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Opened to the public in 1991, the museum is in southern Xian, and is home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures from the Han and Tang dynasties Dinner.

Toninght free or choose our OPTIONAL tour (Dumpling Dinner) This evening, enjoy a delicious dumpling banquet featuring nearly 20 varieties of jiaozi, or dumplings, stuffed with an assortment of vegetables, meats, and seafood. The traditional banquet also includes rice wine and bronze hot pot soup. Transfers to and from your hotel included. ( B )

DAY 6: Saturday - Optional Tour, Xian
This morning, after breakfast you will have the opportunity to take a short walk to the local bird market at Xingqing park. A market filled with beautiful flowers, birds and local culture. Later this morning visit to a local Lacquer Furniture Shop. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of Xians antiquities. Your tour includes the archaeological site at the tomb of Chinas first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), where more than 8,000 finely sculpted, life-size terracotta soldiers and horses were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The archaeological excavation of the three pits where the Terracotta Army was found continues today, more than thirty years since the time of its unearthing.

Tonight free or choose our OPTIONAL tour (Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show) Dine on Imperial set menu of 6 hot courses. All while you enjoy the beat of Chang an music. After dinner, enjoy the celebrated Tang Dynasty show, a one-thousand-year-old dance performed by the passionate Tang Dynasty Troupe. This historical performance is a national art, reflective of the glory and richness of Chinas Tang Dynasty. Transfers to and from your hotel included. ( B, L )

DAY 7: Sunday - Flight to Lhasa, Tibet
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Tibet. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure Overnight: Lhasa ( B, D )
DAY 8: Monday - Potala Palace
Today see one of the grandest monuments in all of Asia: the extraordinary Potala Palace. Built in the 17th century (atop the original 7th-century site), it boasts more than 1,000 rooms, including the Red Palace (where the Dalai Lama once lived), 10,000 chapels, and a labyrinth of mysterious dungeons. It took 7,000 workers and 1,500 artists and craftsmen more than 50 years to build the adjoining White and Red Palaces. This Eastern architectural triumph was the worlds tallest building before the creation of 20th-century skyscrapers. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. On way back to hotel, we will visit the Tibetan Art Factory shop. Later this evening, enjoy dinner and a cultural show at a local restaurant. ( B, L, D )
DAY 9: Tuesday - Jokhang Temple
After breakfast today, we head for the Barkhor Bazaar, a section of the oldest part of Lhasa that bustles with marketplace activity and religious devotion. Later today, visit the 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple, where we are likely to see Buddhist pilgrims making clockwise circuits on their hands and knees in reverence to one of Tibets most sacred sites. Thousands of yak-butter candles flicker inside beneath the enlightened gaze of the golden Jowo Sakyamuni, the seventh-century Buddha statue that the temple was built to house. ( B, L, D )
DAY 10: Wednesday - Flight to Beijing via Chongqing
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing via Chongqing. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before transfering to your hotel. ( B, D )
DAY 11: Thursday - Optional Tour, Beijing
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on Earth, spanning nearly 4,000 miles of Chinas northern frontier. Stop at a local Jade Shop before arriving to the Great Wall. Walk along the promenades and enjoy the unrivaled scenic views of beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from this 7th-century defensive fortification. Afterwards, depart for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Following lunch, a brief stop at the Beijing Olympic village before returning to Beijing.

Toninght free at your leisure or choose our OPTIONAL tour (Peking Duck Dinner) The Peking Duck Dinner has the reputation of being the most culturally famous meal in China. It is a must to experience during your visit to the country. Enjoy the culinary presentation as the chef roasts the duck directly over the fire and then slices the meat tableside. The duck is served with very thin pancakes, Chinese onions and special sauce. ( B, L )

DAY 12: Friday - Forbidden City & Summer Palace Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Begin at Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza in the world. Erected in 1417 at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the square was renovated and renamed two centuries later at the onset of the Great Qing Dynasty. View several impressive monuments outlining the Squares perimeter, including the Great Hall of the People, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Squares famed ceremonial gateway. From here, venture north for a visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a construction comparable to the Pyramids in Egypt. Known today as the Palace Museum, the entire site is comprised of 800 buildings with more than 9,000 rooms. Visit a local Pearl Shop before a visit to the Summer Palace. Lunch will be served at an authentic Chinese restaurant during the Summer Palace visit. Later today, a visit with the Pandas at the Beijing Zoo ( B, L )
DAY 13: Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight ( B )

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Shanghai-Xian, Xian-Tibet, Tibet-Beijing.
  • Sep 17 and Oct 8 departures will be accommodated at the Xizhao Temple Hotel in Beijing.
  • Lhasa Xin Ding Grand Hotel does not accommodate 3 persons in a room.
  • Pricing will reflect 1 twin and 1 single room.
  • Please note: Lhasa sits at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level.
  • Your included sightseeing will include a fair amount of walking, which at high elevations can be taxing for those in good physical condition.
  • If you have any concerns about traveling to high altitudes, please consult with your healthcare provider.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • For visa information, check our Visa page.
Not Included
  • Optional tours, and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.